Here we go again…

Here we go again… this time is… fourteen…!!!
by Hugo Acosta

Here we go again, usually during the last week of (each) January, when I take a few minutes to reflect, to contemplate, to think about it, and… to prepare content for these annual editorials… something that this time will be shorter and quick… something that almost was not done, but (thanks to my editor in chief, Marisol Hernandez) it happened…

So, to keep that “short and quick approach, I am not going to narrate again, the continuing straggle and still-growing difficulty of the newspaper business, I am not going to develop on the “ups and downs” we might have gone through this year, and yes, I am not going to expose much of the possible professional (or personal) issues I might have gone through this year, and I am not going to present some peculiar weird analogy of the number 14 (like I have done in past anniversary times).

This time, I am going to simply indicate that one more time, this anniversary moment commemoration, still makes me feel the sense and emotion of accomplishment, and the strong gratification of achievement, for something that I like to do, and that I still do with love. Producing this ethnic publication (and the other Hispanic Media Outlets we provide) keeps giving me not only the financial support for me and my family, but also an enjoyment and delight to serve my culture. I do apologize if this drier and shorter editorial might have disappointed some (maybe even my editor in chief, Marisol Hernandez), and I apologize if the expected drama and fuss is not there like in the past, but in addition of going through a really busy and hectic time in this beginning of the year, some other (personal) issues might have somehow tinted or affected the inspiration and motivation I usually get, to prepare and develop a better editorial.

I still want to thank the ones that not only helped us and supported us in the making and existence of this 14-year old project (specially clients, associates, and staff), but I also want to thank to those that believe (and are still believing) in this product, and in my culture, and believe in the efforts that Marisol & I have been putting for the last 14 years… and planning to continue doing for… many more years in the future.

Please, help us to better the daily traffic in your community.

The Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is pleased to announce the release of the first wave of survey mailouts for the 2016 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) on March 31st. The NHTS provides detailed information on the public’s use of the transportation system by all motorized and non-motorized modes and is the only source of national statistics and trend data on household travel. The 2016 NHTS along with other NHTS historical data will provide the Department with almost 50 years’ worth of trend data on the travel choices, preferences, and needs of the U. S. public.

The NHTS has served as the foundation for sound national transportation policy, helping the USDOT to assess demand, capacity, and performance of the transportation system. 

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Hispanic Business Person of the Year

Mercedes Vazquez Simmons Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year

The Rochester Hispanic Business Association, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, named Mercedes Vazquez Simmons its 2016 Hispanic Business Person of the Year.  Vazquez Simmons is founder and president of Pretty Girl Promotions, a full-service boxing and mixed martial arts promotion company based in Rochester.

RHBA Chair Vilma Burgos Torres said, “I am thrilled that we are honoring Mercedes. She has broken another glass ceiling, becoming the first Latina to gain national recognition as a boxing promoter for both male and female athletes in a once male-dominated industry.”

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The meaning of Twelve…

Here we go again..!

Another anniversary..! Another Editorial from my part..! Another special dedicated front-page..! Another series of questions like “…what are you going to do to celebrate it..?”, or like “…how do you feel to do such of a huge accomplishment..?”, or like “…are you now going to cover Buffalo..?, or like “…are you sure it is 12 years..?” – and I will probably will be giving the same answers I have given for the last… 12 years.

Although I don’t want to sound repeatedly again with this February’s editorial, this year repeats what I have been saying in other anniversaries, we have experienced again, the “ups & downs” in many aspects of the business and (my) life, including with changes of personnel and office spaces, variations of profits and investments, losing old advertisers and gaining new ones, increasing our participation with Festivals and closing some other annual events, including more services to our repertory and reducing the demand of others, and “Adapting” with the changes we all have to deal in life. I guess the one thing I might say about this particular anniversary year, is that we are more experienced and more clear in what our future will be, and the direction our media business most likely will take.

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Latina Women Build Entrepreneurial Dreams

Through a grant from the Women’s Fund of Central New York, the WISE Women’s Business Center, a  From left to Right: Susan Blanca, Crisol Matos, Olga Otero, Laiza Semidey, and Berenice Bonilla (Not in the picture Jamie Osorio and Mariana Blanca)program of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, hosted a graduation and pitch competition for the women in the “Éxito!” program on Monday, Nov. 16, at the Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St. in Syracuse.

The six-week course “Éxito!” (Success!)  was created by the WISE Women’s Business Center with the goal of assisting the Central New York Latina community. The course encompassed: online learning, in-classroom training, roundtable discussion, accounting practices training and pitch competition coaching. Each week, the courses were based around a special software program designed to train women in entrepreneurship to create the first stages of a business plan and clearly articulate that plan in a five-minute pitch to an audience.

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2015 WISE Latina Conference at the WISE Symposium

WISE Latina… What is it..?

The CNY Latino Media Consortium is presenting for the fifth year an event dedicated to the “Latina Woman”, as part of the famous women conference WISE, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Syracuse Carrier Dome, in Syracuse, NY. This Hispanic annual event for the fifth year honors and celebrates our female Hispanic representation in many aspect of life and it will take place at 12 noon; the WISE conference is all day and begins at 8:30 AM. This is the 13 year WISE brings one of the biggest business conference, networking and famous event in New YorkState, and maybe the most powerful conference for women..! This year, thanks to the sponsorship of CNY Latino, and of the partial collaboration of other business, the WISE conference is going to bring a session dedicated to Latina Women, where we will discuss aspects and issues related to this ethnic group. Use the online registration form (also for additional information) at the website, or call Marisol Hernández at (315) 558-4203 or email her at

The 13 annual WISE Symposium will be culminating this year at 5:30pm with the National Grid Networking Reception & Tailgate with a Cash bar; WISE Connections Café; book signing with speaker/authors (including our WISE Latina speaker Heidy Ramos); visit booth of local entrepreneurs; Includes networking, exhibits, food, drinks, & fun (go to for more details)…

If you know of anyone else who will benefit from attending this event for the Latina Woman, please forward this information to her (or to him – men are also welcome), or let us know who else you think should receive an invitation.

NOTE: The event for Latina woman will be presented in “English” – possible assistance for translation may be offered.




Thanks to our headquarters WISE Business Center with Joanne Lenwearver and Lindsay Wickham, and to our contributors Berenice Bonilla, Alison Grimes, Fransheska Savinon, and Guadalupe Dailey. We could not have done it without your support and contribution…

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On this newspaper

Dear World,

Time moves so quickly. Already, CNY Latino is celebrating 11 years! 11 wonderful years of publication. 11 years of reaching out to our community. 11 years of addressing our culture and our interests. 11 years of connecting us with each other. 11 years and still going strong.

Our culture, our language, our history are all very important to us. Considering our location, it’s easy to become disconnected from all of that. CNY Latino has ensured us that we will not lose our culture, our language, or our history. CNY Latino has given us a connection. They communicate with us in our language (both literally and metaphorically). They allow us the opportunity to network with other Hispanic businesses and people. Although we may be far from our countries of origin, CNY Latino helps to stay connected to our history and our heritage.

I’m excited to be a part of the CNY Latino family. I, myself, have been here for almost a year now. I have met such wonderful people through this periodical. I have connected with our community. I have been given a voice and an opportunity. I am so grateful that I can say I am a part of CNY Latino. CNY Latino has offered me the opportunity to address that which is important to both the Hispanic community, and the LGBT community. CNY Latino is inclusive for all of us. My appreciation of that far surpasses what words can ever say.

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